During the fall of 2009, volunteer workers from the Derry Area Youth Athletic Association spent more than three weeks sewing new sod on both playing fields at the Derry Area Youth Baseball Complex, but what they did not anticipate was that a blizzard would hit the complex in early February of this year, which caused much concern as to just how the new sod would survive a savage winter.
Much to everyone's surprise, the new sod survived to the point where both playing fields will be in pristine condition for the start of the 2010 youth baseball season Sunday afternoon.
Ron Hamacher, DAYAA president, said the sod project cost "several thousand dollars" to install. He said the expense was well worth it because both playing fields have never looked better.
In keeping with tradition, there will be a triple-header on opening day with games at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
In recognition of their years of service to the organization, the DAYAA will present service plaques before the games to Ronald E. Kinney, past president; James Meloy, past treasurer; Brian Roble, past manager and Michael Garufi, past coach.
Serving as officers of the DAYAA in 2010 are Hamacher, president; Eric Tepper, vice president and player agent; Brandy Bisi, secretary and Michael Angus, treasurer.
New this season will be girls' softball games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. each Sunday on Field B. Major league baseball games will be played under the lights on Field B.
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